More funding has been secured for Sugar Land’s Public Safety Training Facility to ensure law enforcement has a local place to train and practice real-life scenarios.

The overview

Sugar Land’s Public Safety Training Facility will see an additional $1 million in congressional funding, U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher, D-Houston, announced at a May 28 news conference. The additional funds come from a community funding project in Congress, which allows congressional members to request funding for area-specific projects.

The city’s November 2019 voter-approved project was part of a larger $90.76 million bond featuring:
  • $47.6 million in drainage projects
  • $26.3 million in public safety
  • $10.26 million in street projects
  • $6.6 million for a new animal shelter
Zooming in

In December, Sugar Land City Council approved a roughly $8 million contract with Bass Construction for the training facility’s second phase, Community Impact reported. Phase 2 is set to outfit the facility with:
  • Incident command simulation training
  • Emergency Medical Services training
  • Advanced firefighter courses, including a smoke diver course
  • Classroom, office and storage spaces
  • Specialized training rooms with controlled environments
The first phase, which was completed in 2020, fitted the facility with an interim shooting range, access roads and a fire training facility, Community Impact reported.

What they’re saying

“For years, with no training facility of their own, Sugar Land first responders have had to train at facilities in neighboring communities,” Fletcher said. “Public safety is the first responsibility of government, and I was glad to advocate for this funding and to partner with Sugar Land officials to support this important work.”

What’s next

Phase 2 of the Public Safety Training Facility was initially expected to be completed by the end of the year but may not wrap up until January, Sugar Land Communications Director Doug Adolph said in an email.